The Joy of Landscaping

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Create Mulch Beds Without Digging


This first post of a series on landscape work on our new house describes a way to create or expand beds with minimal digging.

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The Hiatus is Over


It's been awhile since my last post, but we've spent the last nine months in an arduous two step move process. Now that things are more under control, it's time to get back on the horse, or more appropriately, back typing on the keyboard!

Actually, moving has given me an idea for a series of posts. We moved from a northeast coastal location (zone 6b) to a more rural, hilly inland mid-Atlantic site (zone 7). Our old house was on 1/8 of an acre; our new is on 3 acres of mostly grass. So future posts may include information, ideas, tips, and problems encountered as I tackle my new landscape.

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How to Care for Knock Out® Roses


The joy of low maintenances roses! **

I was thinking today about what tasks needed to be done this month with the gardening season around the corner. "Prune the Knockout Roses" is on list. It’s one of the few times of the year that I need to pay some attention to these marvels of horticulture. You see, despite my intense love of garden design, I just don’t like plants that are fussy and need a lot of hand holding. That’s why I stayed away from roses for so long.

Fortunately, Knock Out Roses® (Rosa x “Radyod”) came along and at last, I’ve been able to enjoy roses in my own landscape. While the Blushing color works best in my yard, they come also in pink, red and yellow rose colors.

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